Research at BRC
The main focus of BRC’s research is process/technology development within biogas solutions with anaerobic digestion. This takes places in a systemic and social context which must also be understood and studied so that resource-efficient biogas solutions can be developed and disseminated. BRC’s approach is transdisciplinary and is based on interaction and collaboration in several different dimensions. Between companies with different roles, between researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds, between different public actors and also between these different groups. In this way the research can address challenges which are relevant for actors in the biogas sector in a better manner.
BRC is planned as a ten-year initiative in three phases. After each phase the initiative is evaluated and decision is taken on continuation in a next phase. Phase 1 started in 2012 and ended in 2014. Phase 2 started in December 2014 and lasted until 2018. The current Phase 3 began in December 2018 and runs until November 2022.
The research under Phase 2 was divided into three research areas Process/Technology, Systems and Society with different subprojects within each of the areas as well as into research of the impact of biogas within the five sectors Waste, Agriculture, Forestry industry, Aquatic biomass and Regions.
Under the ongoing Phase 3 the research is divided into seven research areas: FO1 Development and evaluation of anaerobic digestion processes; FO2 Increased valorization of digestate; FO3 Resource-efficient value chains for biogas solutions; FO4 The role of biogas solutions in the bioeconomy; FO5 The role of municipalities and regions in developing sustainable biogas solutions; FO6 National and international biogas policy; FO7 Internationalization of Swedish biogas solutions.
Six main challenges for the development of biogas comprise the basis of the research:
- more biogas from existing plants,
- utilization of new substrates,
- implementation in new sectors,
- higher resource-efficiency in production and distribution,
- relevant social terms and conditions,
- commercial terms and conditions.
Read the evaluations of BRC´s Phase 1 and Phase 2 (in Swedish)